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Use Nanaimo, British Columbia to discover the best scuba diving that Vancouver Island has to offer!

Here at <vancouver-island-dive-sites>, I will help you find some of the best temperate water scuba diving locations on the planet.

The diversity and scope of marine habitat here is simply incredible!

From marine invertebrates to all kinds of fish, to killer whales, to natural and purpose sunk shipwrecks.

From shore dives to high current boat dives, for beginners or advanced level divers, use Nanaimo BC, to access the best scuba diving locations Vancouver Island has to offer.

Come join me here on Vancouver Island for great scuba adventures.
Just a short ride from Vancouver BC on bc ferries, (follow link for schedules and fares) will get you to where it all begins.

I will do my best to help you find some great diving adventures right here in one of Canada's best kept secrets.

This is some of the best cold water scuba diving in the world so said
Jacques Cousteau, as well as many other available current reviews.

Amazing scenery and marine life abound and it's all local.

The amount of life and colour to be seen for those of you who are not familiar with west coast diving will pleasantly surprise you.

Many of the dives also have good to excellent shore access, and are really great dives, not to mention the price is right.

By the way, shore diving is great! call a buddy, load your gear and go. How good, and easy is that!

Another good point I would like to make about diving many of the local shore dives in either the Nanoose Bay or Nanaimo areas, is that the navigation is almost always zero degrees out and one eighty return.

It is nice to know there is one less thing to think about when you are diving unfamiliar water.

If you do have a boat or plan to book a charter at Sundown Diving , or Nanaimo Dive Outfitters  There many excellent dives to choose from.

Nanaimo's Artificial reefs and high current dives are just some of the spectacular highlights you will encounter.

Nanaimo BC boasts two such reefs, (the H.M.C.S. Saskatchewan and the H.M.C.S. Cape Breton) just outside of departure bay that are both must do dives that are quite spectacular.

As far as current dives go there are many that are tried and tested in the waters surrounding Vancouver Island.

Dodd Narrows, Gabriola passage, and Alcala Point (Porlier Pass) are all spectacular local high current dive sites that will amaze even the seasoned diver!

Nanaimo also boasts the Rivtow Lion, (a purpose sunk wreck right in Departure Bay) that is a perfect dive for the newly certified.
This artificial reef is also in sheltered waters and can be accessed
anytime day or night.

Anyway, let's get started! where would you like to dive?

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 Please check out these children's books which I have personally written and illustrated. Thanks in advance for your support.

"Vancouver Island Colour My Seas of Green"

and then a second one!

"Pets are People Too"

and a third one!

"Vancouver Island Colour My BC Beautiful"

And available now! my 4th and newest release...

"British Columbia Canada Colour My Province Beautiful"

Newly released Feb/2023 is:

Roatan Honduras Colour My Island Paradise

and June/2023

Country Canada Colour Me Beautiful

Details to Follow!

All have rhyming story's to read, and lots of illustrations for kids (or even adults) to colour. These books are fun, and educational activity books providing hours of enjoyment!

Not all retailers carry every edition so please call first!

Direct Email to

Thanks again!

Roatan Honduras Colour My Island Paradise
Country Canada Colour My Beautiful

Currently available at these Vancouver Island retail outlets

Currently available at these Vancouver Island retail outlets


Frank Whites Dive Store Phone: 250-385-4713

Duncan & Lake Cowichan

Deans Marine Phone: 250-748-0829

The Lake Mercantile Phone: 250-217-4333

Chemainus & Ladysmith

Chemainus Theatre - Gallery Gift Shop Phone: 250-246-9132

Little Otters Den Phone: 250-245-2042

Salamander Books Phone: 250-245-4726


Children's Treehouse Phone:250-585-5990

Iron Oxide Art Supplies Phone: 250-591-4766

Island-ish phone: 250-585-1420

Literacy Central Vancouver Island Phone: 250-591-2665

Nanaimo Dive Outfitters Phone: 250-756-1863

Nanaimo Museum Phone: 250-753-1821

Pumpkin Pie Kids Phone: 250-754-3933

Sink or Swim Scuba Phone: 250-758-7946

Sundown Diving Phone: 250-753-1880

Parksville Qualicum

Bumblebaby Boutique Phone: 250-947-9714

Log Cabin General Store Phone: 250-248-2868

TIGH-NA-MARA Phone: 1-800-663-7373

Qualicum Toy Shop Phone: 250-752-1937

Mulberry Bush Bookstore Phone: 250-752-9722

Comox Valley

Courtenay and District Museum Phone: 250-334-0686

Little Village Store Phone: 250-900-1954

Pacific Pro Dive Phone: 250-338-6829

Now also available in Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver!

West Vancouver

Spirit Gallery Phone: 604-921-8972

Sea Dragon Charters Phone: 604-329-3486

These retail outlets are in Duncan/Lake Cowichan, Chemainus/Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville/Qualicum, and Courtenay/Cumberland.

Interested in becoming a vendor? for details please contact me via email at <>

Some retailers do not carry all editions, so please phone first!

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely, Don Ravensbergen
Nanaimo, BC, Cda

Please help support my website through the purchase of my
self published Children's Story & Colouring Books

Follow the links to available Vendors
or use my "Contact Page"

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Tides & currents

Here is an excellent link to
tide and current charts
for Nanaimo, BC.
At the bottom of displayed
chart you will see two links,
"other tide stations" or
"other current stations"
follow these links for
information from California
and right up to Alaska.

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